Book Review: Writing the Mind: Social Cognition in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction

An interdisciplinary book on literary cognitive theory and how it can enhance our understanding with nineteenth-century American literature. Explored through the authors’ portrayal of the unique passages and methodology of the novels and stories to situate their own experiment in the mind of the characters within the greater American literary tradition of socio-cognitive experimentation. Continue reading

Conference Review: APG/BAAS 2022 Annual Colloquium

American Politics Group 2022 Annual Colloquium, Eccles Centre at the British Library, 11 November 2022 The APG Colloquium was held in person for the first time since 2019, and what a wonder it was to see everyone in the room again at the British Library. The Colloquium was based around… Continue reading

Book review: Contesting Commemoration: The 1876 Centennial, Independence Day, and the Reconstruction-Era South.

   Louisiana State University Press, 2021. $45.00   How does a nation celebrate itself when it is in many ways still at war with itself? Jack Noe tackles this question in his engaging study of nationalism and identity in the post-Civil War South through the lens of Independence Day celebrations… Continue reading

Book Review: Law in American Meeting Houses: Church Discipline and Civil Authority in Kentucky, 1780-1845

Edward Manger reviews Jeffrey Thomas Perry’s Law in American Meeting Houses, exploring the individual stories of communities of believers attempting to negotiate life in a new republic from the Revolutionary Era through the mid-nineteenth century. Continue reading

Book review: The Presidency of Donald J. Trump: A First Historical Assessment

With The Presidency of Donald J. Trump (2022) a prominent group of historians take on the challenge of providing a first historical assessment of an administration which editor Julian Zelizer describes as ‘unlike anything else American democracy had experienced in recent decades, if ever’ Oscar Winberg, PhD, reviews new book where leading historians provide perspective Donald Trump’s four turbulent years in the White House. Continue reading

Panel Review: HOTCUS 2022 ‘Race, Rhetoric and Visibility’

‘Panel 2B: Race, Rhetoric, and Visibility’, HOTCUS 2022 Annual Conference, University of Edinburgh, 22-24 June 2022 On the second day of the Historians of Twentieth-Century United States (HOTCUS) Annual Conference, three researchers presented their current works-in-progress under the topic of ‘Race, Rhetoric, and Visibility.’ To begin, Dr. Emily Brady (Teaching… Continue reading

Conference Review: ‘Black Women’s Activism in the Americas’, SHAW Annual Conference 2022

The British Library, 1st July 2022 The Society for the History of Women in the Americas (SHAW), co-organised with the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library, hosted its 2022 annual conference at the British Library. The conference’s theme focused on Black women and their grassroots activism in… Continue reading

Book Review: The Lone Leopard

The Lone Leopard, the new novel by Dr. Sharifullah Dorani, speaks to Afghanistan’s diversity, historical turbulence and future uncertainty through the coming-of-age story of four friends; Ahmad, Bakhtash, Wazir and the defiant young woman Frishta – as their intersecting, often conflicting paths are shaped by years of civil war, Taliban rule and American occupation. Continue reading